Denon's Home Theater Receiver Trio: AVR-X1300W, 2300W, 3300W

A Review of the In-Command Series Trio

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There are dozens of home theater receivers available, so zeroing in on one can sometimes be difficult. However, Denon's In-Command Series trio, the AVR-X1300W, AVR-X2300W, and AVR-X3300W make your choice easier as any of them will do the job for modest or mid-range home theater setups -- it just depends on what added perks you would like to have. Let's check out what they have in common and what else each one adds as you go up the line.

Translating The Model Numbers

In Denon's nomenclature -- AVR stands for Audio/Video Receiver, X refers to the product category (Denon has S and X categories for home theater receivers), 1300, 2300, or 3300 is the actual model number within the X category, W refers to the inclusion of wireless features, and IN-Command stands for Integrated Network.

AVR-X1300W, AVR-X2300W, AVR-X3300: What They Have In Common

  • The AVR-X1300W, AVR-X2300W, and AVR-X3300W all incorporate up to a 7.2 channel speaker/subwoofer configuration.
  • For audio support, Denon provides all of the Dolby and DTS audio decoding/processing you would expect in this class, but has also added Dolby Atmos and DTS:X Decoding with DTS Neural:X upmixer capability on both receivers (DTS:X and Neural Upmixer are added via firmware update),
  • All the receivers include a very user-friendly rear connection panel with horizontal color-coded speaker terminals, Audio Return Channel, and Zone 2 operation.
  • For easier speaker setup, all the receivers also provide the Audyssey MultEQ automatic speaker setup system, supplement by Audyssey's Dynamic EQ, and Dynamic Volume real-time sound compensation processing.
  • Video capabilities on the three receivers include HDMI inputs that provide 3D, 4K (up to 60Hz), expanded Color Gamut (BT.2020/Rec.2020) and HDR (High Dynamic Range - HDR10) pass through, and are also fully HDCP 2.2 copy-protection compliant.
  • Beyond the core audio and video features included on both receivers, there is also WiFi, Bluetooth, and Hi-Res audio compatibility (Including DSD, AIFF (DSD/AIFF content access available via USB and Network only), ALAC and FLAC).
  • Also, all three receivers have AirPlay and Direct USB connection for iPod/iPhone/iPad, and USB flash drives.
  • Network and Internet streaming access is provided for Internet Radio (vTuner) and music services (Spotify), as well as network supported audio and photo streaming from network-connected devices (such as PCs and NAS drives).
  • The three receivers can also be integrated with Denon's HEOS multi-room audio system via HEOS Link.

AVR-X2300W: Additional Features

The AVR-X2300W is the immediate step-up from AVR1300W, providing additional connectivity and features, starting with a total of 8 HDMI inputs and 2 HDMI outputs (the AVR-X1300W has 6 HDMI inputs and 1 HDMI output).

Added video connectivity on the AVR-X2300 includes two sets of component video inputs and one set of component video outputs that allow for connection of DVD players and other video sources devices that may not have HDMI outputs.

The AVR-X2300W provides both powered and line outputs for 2nd Zone operation for audio, as well as a parallel HDMI Zone 2 audio/video output (Both HDMI outputs send the same audio/video signal).

In addition to 3D and 4K pass-through, the AVR-X2300W also provides both 1080p and 4K upscaling (for HDMI sources only) as well as ISF certification settings, which provides more flexibility in optimizing video settings before connected video source signals get to a TV or video projector.

For added control flexibility, both receivers come with a remote and are compatible with Denon's free downloadable app or iOS or Android phone.

Additional control for the AVR-X2300W is also possible the wired IR sensor input and output, as well as an RS-232C terminal. These options allow integration into a custom-controlled home theater setup using a PC or related control options.

AVR-X3300W: Additional Features

The AVR-X3300W is the step-up from the AVR-X2300W, providing some additional feature and connection perks.

One added perk is that the 2 HDMI outputs on the AVR-X3300W are discrete. In other words, each HDMI output can send a different HDMI input source to both the main and 2nd Zone.

The AVR-X3300 also provides video upscaling (up to 4K) for both analog and HDMI video sources.

For added connection flexibility, the AVR-X3300W provides a set of 7.2 channel analog audio outputs. This allows the receiver to be connected to external amplifiers. Consult the user manual for details on how these outputs can be configured in relation to the AVR-X3300's internal amplification capabilities.

Power Output and Pricing

Stated power ratings are based on running 2 Channels at 8ohms from 20Hz-20kHz with 0.08% THD.

The Bottom Line

Denon's AVR-X300 mid-range home theater receiver trio provide practical features for most consumers, including flexible speaker setup options, both analog and digital audio inputs, plus internet streaming and multi-room audio capabilities. All the receivers build on the foundation established in the AVR-X1300W, with more power output and added features on the 2300W and 3300W for those that desire it.


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